The most famous are his works, which look like the works of old European masters, but contain some kind of grotesque modern detail: Rembrandt turns into a smoking clown, Frans Hals becomes a twisted waiter. How do you like the “portraits” - the fictional characters of the environment of a non-existent character, and the mythical Jean-Louis himself, depicted in the style of cubism? Today, Kondo does not shy away from commerce: he designed the cover for the rapper Kanye West's album and models of bags for Kim Kardashian.Once George Kondo described his work as “artificial realism”, but today he says that this is “psychological cubism”. The fact is that the presented works were created in spring-summer last year. And in the midst of this period, in May, the artist was on the verge of life and death: he says the immune system failed and he felt “strange”. “How, even more strange than usual?” - the question suggests itself when you look at his extremely expressive works. Then his health began to deteriorate: Kondo arrived in Berlin, where he was hospitalized with triple pneumonia after becoming infected with legionnaires' disease. He raved for several days, lost 7 kilograms and, according to his confession, “almost died”.The presented works in the recognizable manner of the artist (a mix of Disney cartoons and plots by Francis Bacon (Francis Bacon)) depict people whom the weakened artist saw in hospital hallucinations, as well as metaphorical figures, images of internal fragmentation. These are very disturbing pictures, they inspire discomfort. But should art be comfortable?
Prepared by Julia Vlaskina